Former Israeli national team pitcher D.J. Sharabi has signed on with the independent American Association of Professional Baseball’s Sioux Falls Canaries, the team announced today.
The 28-year-old Sharabi is entering his fifth year of independent baseball; he spent a good portion of 2019 with the American Association’s Cleburne Railroaders. That year, the right-hander posted a 4.17 ERA in 30 relief appearances in Cleburne, issuing walks to 13 batters while striking out 44 in 41 innings of work–good for more than a whiff per frame.
Arguably Sharabi’s biggest accomplishment of 2019 was helping the Israeli national team earn an Olympic berth.
Playing alongside former Canary infielder Mitch Glasser, Sharabi pitched in both the European Championship and Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier.
Sharabi did not permit an earned run over six frames at the European Championships, registering the victory over France that clinched Israel’s spot in the Olympic qualifier. He made two appearances in that tournament, including two scoreless innings in Israel’s upset win over the Netherlands.
With the San Jose State Spartans in 2014, Sharabi appeared in three games for a total of 4.2 innings, recording a 0-1 record with a 3.86 ERA.
Sharabi made eight appearances in 2013 and pitched just five innings. He also played club baseball with the Menlo Park Legends and was an All-Far West League pitcher in that campaign.
In 2012, as a freshman with College of San Mateo, he put up a 1-0 mark with a 3.18 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings of work.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo: San Jose State Athletics